(03/19/1991 – 01/15/2017)
For those that knew Omar, know that his most memorable trait was his smile. Omar was full of happiness, humor, courage, kindness, and wittiness. He was not the type to be quiet and still; he enjoyed hands on work. His parents will attest to the abundance of energy that he had, especially as a child. He was full of life from the very beginning. He enjoyed cars, music, video games, sports, animals, but most of all, friendship. He was easy to get along with. He was genuine. His smile and his laugh will forever be engraved in our hearts.
In September of 2015, our lives changed. Omar had an intracerebral bleed (stroke) which caused massive damage to his brain. Omar had to re-learn to walk, talk, read, problem solve, and do everything with his non-dominant arm. He was later diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Although the treatment he received helped slow down the tumors, it was not easy to continue to face additional strokes, surgeries, and infections. Even with all this going on in his life, Omar never gave up. The amount of dedication and optimism he had was impressive. He never stopped smiling and being grateful for what he had. He said he only had two options: 1) give up and be miserable, or 2) keep going and give it all he had. “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:2). He had a tattoo with this verse and a feather to symbolize refuge under God’s wings.
Thank you for the love and support. Thank you for every word spoken, hug, thought, and prayer. We ask to remember Omar for the great person that he was. Please share any memory, photo, etc. with us. Although his time with us was short, every second was a blessing.
There are many people battling cancer every day… Including cancers that are recently discovered, rare, and aggressive—as was this case. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Omar’s memory, please consider these wonderful organizations:
- Seattle Children’s Hospital/Cancer Research- http://www.seattlechildrens.org/ways-to-help/donate/commemorative-giving/
- Saint Alphonsus Boise (Rehabilitation Care Services)- https://www.saintalphonsus.org/donations
- Ronald McDonald House Charities (Seattle)- http://support.rmhc.org/site/PageNavigator/pw/Donation_Landing.html